Book: The Twilight Tsunami by Shelby Londyn-Heathcategories: Book, Romance, Child Protective Services, Mental Health, Restraining Order, Mexico, Florida, Mental Illness, Adoption, Homelessness, Foster Care
Shelby Londyn-Heathabout this book: THE TWILIGHT TSUNAMI is a book that took ten years to write. It delves into the foster care system through several eyes - a foster child's, a social worker's, and a foster parent's. This kaleidoscope view of the system is unique, because it shows the struggles and triumphs of characters, in an often harsh and impersonal system.
Why did it take ten years to write? Life's interruptions of course, but more than that...the realities this book touches upon were often too painful for me during my time writing, and what was supposed to be more writing "the next day," turned into the following year's project.
However, the story kept burning in me, and I knew I needed to tell it. Why did I choose this title? Read the story and you will know why. It becomes obvious by the fourth chapter.
What about the cover? I looked for an artist who could depict the character's emotions when I described them to her. The artist pulled it off perfectly.
My readers tell me they cannot put the book down once they start it. It is full of drama, action, and suspense. My main character is a social worker who is the toughest, meanest, and most successful in the social services department...until a new worker shows up... one who is tougher than he is. She craves power, and she will stop at nothing to get it. As she enters the department of stressed-out and traumatized social workers, she rivals them for position. She lasers-in on the main character and goes for a take-down. The only thing that can save him is finding his inner truth, as he searches for her "Achilles heel."
In a sense, my book is experimental. I call my chapters "gulps," because I know that people like to ingest information quickly. So, I deliberately created my chapters to be quick-reads, giving a lot of information in a short amount of time. So far, my readers say they enjoy gulping my book.
What will readers learn? There is a message in this book. However, the message acquired will depend upon the reader and what he/she brings to the pages. One thing is certain, anyone who reads this book will not be the same at the end of the book. This book is a journey though life with a myriad of human emotions: fear, love, sorrow, hate, joy, frolic, and facing the ultimate test, rising above the "human condition."
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